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ABCG Event: Using Science to Conserve an Endangered Predator

by Joseph Badash last modified Feb 04, 2015 01:56 PM
Greetings! Please join ABCG for a brown bag talk titled: Using satellites to understand trans-boundary landscapes and integrate species management in the Painted dog Lycaon pictus.
When Feb 10, 2015
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where World Wildlife Fund 1250 24th Street, NW Conf. Room 1108 Washington DC, DC 20037
Contact Name
Contact Phone +1-240-495-4688
Attendees Dr Gregory Rasmussen,
Elisabeth van Stam
Dr Shelley Alexander
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In increasingly human dominated landscapes anthropogenic disturbance and mortality threatens wildlife populations from increasing isolation and subsequent interference with important biological processes such as dispersal and natural gene flow.

This presentation investigates the importance of connectivity, and identification of landscapes that can be deemed "appropriate biological units. Satellite data in both the form of habitat mapping and collar data acquisition can facilitate species habitat preference models that can lead to informed decisions and species specific landscape strategies. Across such landscapes wide ranging species are often the most vulnerable to habitat fragmentation, and this presentation will demonstrate the value of integrated species modelling using data from the wolf in Canada.

It will then both share data on the painted dog, and a new initiative to meaningfully use collars as a conservation tool. These data will reveal unlikely habitat preference and highlight how both collars and these data can lead to the facilitation of a landscape strategy for this and other species.

About the Presenter:

Dr Greg is a research associate and part time lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe with affiliation to the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit at Oxford University in the UK where he completed his PhD. He has a diverse range of research interests with his most recent interests being trans-boundary conservation and how declining energy budgets contribute to the extinction of species and particularly the painted dog.

In 1989 he started researching the endangered painted dog under the umbrella Painted Dog Research, and not only engaged with ranchers that were shooting the dogs but stopped the killing and can be hailed as one of the few conservationists to ever achieve this goal. Greg has maintained a vision for an all-encompassing conservation project that deals with ecological and socioeconomic issues that impinged on painted dogs. With this vision, he founded Painted Dog Conservation that grew to be model for conservation that incorporates children conservation education as well as community benefit and participation thus achieving meaningful conservation.

In 2014 Greg left PDC and founded Painted Dog Research Trust where he continues his lifetime research into Painted Dogs. Currently, Greg is pursuing a mission of mentoring young Zimbabwean and international students on becoming tomorrows generation of conservationists, through a new conservation ecology center.

He is one of the few people to survive a plane crash where he endured a day and a half with both legs and pelvis smashed in Hwange National park, inspiring a documentary in the "I shouldn't be alive" series on the Discovery Channel.

Dr Greg Rasmussen grew up in Zimbabwe where he developed a strong affinity for wildlife. He joined the British merchant Navy, and studied in Southampton at the Warsash Naval College as well as travelled the world. Greg returned to Africa and completed two more degrees in order to pursue a wildlife career.

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ABCG: Painted Dog
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
12:00 pm EST

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